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Newsday Pulitzer Prize winner Les Payne through the years

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Les Payne worked for Newsday for 38 years, having risen through the ranks from reporter to associate managing editor, before retiring in 2006. He oversaw foreign and national coverage, was an editor of New York Newsday and penned a column. He died unexpectedly Monday, March 19, 2018.

See photos of Payne through the years. 

Les Payne, Knut Royce, and Bob Greene, pose
Photo Credit: Newsday/Ozier Muhammad

Les Payne, reporter Knut Royce and investigations editor Bob Greene, stand in a poppy field in Turkey, illustrating their participation in a 33-part series in Newsday, "The Heroin Trail," which won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for public service. The series traced the drug from growers in Turkey to dealers on Long Island and involved 13 reporters and two photographers at Newsday.

Les payne along with Knut Royce and Bob
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Les Payne, reporter Knut Royce and editor Bob Greene, shown at Newsday's headquarters in Garden City, were three of the key players on Greene's investigative team in the early 1970s.

Jeff Schamberry, Doug Dutton, and Les Payne look
Photo Credit: Newsday/Michael E. Ach

Deputy photo editor Jeff Schamberry, senior news editor Doug Dutton and Les Payne examine the layout for the redesign of Newsday before it hits the presses on Feb. 23, 2004. 

Les Payne speaking at Celebration of 35th Anniversary
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jim Peppler

Les Payne speaks at the 35th anniversary celebration of the formation of Newsday's investigations team at Newsday in Melville in 2002. 

(L-R) Les Payne, Betty Miller and Delano Stewart
Photo Credit: Matt Campbell

Les Payne, Betty Miller and Wyandanch activist Delano Stewart participate in a panel discussion following the screening of "Two Towns of Jasper,"  a film on U.S. race relations, at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre in 2003.

Les Payne speaking at Celebration of 35th Anniversary
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jim Peppler

Les Payne speaks at the 35th anniversary celebration of the formation of Newsday's investigations team at Newsday in Melville in 2002. 

Publisher Ray Jansen with Les Payne at Celebration
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jim Peppler

Publisher Ray Jansen with Les Payne at the 35th anniversary celebration of the formation of Newsday's investigations team at Newsday in Melville in 2002. 

Portrait of Newsday's Les Payne November 04, 2002.
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Les Payne in 2002.

NY Newsday Editor Les Payne celebrate the new
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alan Raia

Les Payne celebrates Newsday's redesign in 2004.

Former Newsday editor Les Payne speaks about artwork,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

In 2011, Les Payne, an avid art collector, having retired from Newsday, speaks about his experiences reporting on the 1976 Soweto Uprising in South Africa at the Hofstra University Museum. 

Editor Bob Keane, Bob Eisner, and editor Les
Photo Credit: Newsday/Michael E. Ach

Managing editor Bob Keane, director of editorial design Bob Eisner and Les Payne celebrate after the Newsday redesign came off the presses on Feb. 23, 2004. 

Newsday employees photo - front from left: Bob
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Patrick Sloyan, center, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for international reporting for his series on the Persian Gulf War. Celebrating with him at Columbia University, which administers the prize, are, from left:  Les Payne, Bob Wyrick, Carl Pisano, Jim Toedtman and Tony Marro. 

NY Newsday Editor Les Payne and Queens staff
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alan Raia

Les Payne and the Queens staff celebrate the Newsday redesign on Feb. 23, 2004. 

WINNERS OF THE ALICIA PATTERSON GRANT FOR QUEENS
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alan Raia

Les Payne with Chantel Martinez, left, and Shira Kallus, winners of the Alicia Patterson Grant for Queens College Journalism Department Students, in an undated photo.

Manhattan: August 28, 2001: Les Payne, duputy managing
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jiro Ose

Les Payne, center, with Jim Watkins of WPIX, left, and Brian Lehrer of WNYC during a mayoral debate on Aug. 28, 2001, hosted by WPIX/11 and Newsday in Manhattan.

Wednesday Jan 30 2002 Photo of Newsday's Les
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alan Raia

Les Payne in 2002. 

Queens Newsday Editorial Staff, Tony DeStefano, Otto Strong,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Michael Ach

The editorial staff of Newsday's former Queens office: Back, from left, Anthony DeStefano, Otto Strong, Calvin Lawrence, Les Payne, Paul Moses; front, Sylvia King.

WHITE HOUSE HANDOUT PHOTO OF NEWSDAY'S LES PAYNE
Photo Credit: The White House

Les Payne shakes hands with President Bill Clinton in an undated photo. 

Newsday's Les Payne, left, and Matt MccAllister, right,
Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Newsday's Les Payne, left, and Matt McAllester, right, with Times Mirror chairman Mark Willes at the Times Mirror Journalist of the Year awards ceremony held in the Newsday auditorium on April 10, 2000.

(L-R) Bob Keane, Managing Editor; Ray Jamsen, Publisher;
Photo Credit: Newsday/Tony Jerome

From left, managing editor Bob Keane, publisher Ray Jansen, foreign editor Dele Olejede, Les Payne and managing editor Charlotte Hall in the Newsday newsroom in April 2003. Newsday was celebrating the safe release of reporter Matthew McAllester and photographer Moises Saman, who had been missing for more than a week while covering the war in Iraq.

Managing editor and columnist Les Payne
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Les Payne in an undated photo.

Between them, B.D. Colen (left), Les Payne and
Photo Credit: Uncredited

Among them, B.D. Colen, left, Les Payne and Joe Demma worked on projects that won six Pulitzer Prizes for Newsday. They tailgated at the Yale Bowl in 1992 with Ed Lowe, second from left, Newsday's most popular columnist for more than two decades.

Congressman John Lewis speaks with Journalist Bill Moyers
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Les Payne, left, moderates a conversation between Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, center, and journalist Bill Moyers about race and class on the future of America at SUNY Old Westbury in 2015.

Les Payne with his wife Violet at the
Photo Credit: Newsday

Les Payne and his wife, Violet, at the Deadline Club in November 2017, when he was inducted into the club’s hall of fame.

Les Payne speaks at the Deadline Club as
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Les Payne speaks at the Deadline Club in November 2017 after being inducted into its hall of fame.

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